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Is Dwayne Haskins the Answer in Washington?

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Last year, at this time I had written an article praising the Washington Redskins for their first round draft choices. I felt at the time that choosing Dwayne Haskins in the first round, as well as Montez Sweat shortly thereafter were the  steals of the first round. The thought at the time was that the team had found their franchise quarterback in this prolific passer from Ohio State.

Let’s have some real talk right now…

Dwayne Haskins’ performance as a starter last year did not pay significant dividends, but the growth potential was obvious. With good coaching and tutelage, the belief is held that he will grow into a franchise quarterback.  The opportunity to have an all-star coach  is finally at the doorstep of Dwayne Haskins. Though Ron Riviera did not pick Haskins in the draft, team ownership strongly believes in his potential and fully supports Haskins in this new regime.

The weapons that are at Haskins’ disposal don’t make for very high hopes, but he will have his former college teammate Terry McLaurin as his number one pass catcher.  Other pass catching assets for the team include free-agent acquisitions as well as other young rookies from last year. They will most likely look to bolster their wide receiving corps in the draft, but the offensive line absolutely needs to be addressed here. A strong backfield will also be present with Adrian Peterson returning, as well as Derrius Guice coming back from his injury last year.

I still strongly hold the belief that Dwayne Haskins is the franchise quarterback of the Washington Redskins. He will have to prove himself in this upcoming season, with the likes of Kyle Allen being there in case things go south for the team at the start of the season. The team as well as the fan base has full confidence in Dwayne Haskins to be the starter in 2020. This point aside, the performance of Haskins will be what truly matters. Opportunity is now in front of Haskins and it will be up to him to take advantage of it.

From a Fantasy football perspective, he can be looked at as a starter and can be played with confidence, until and if he proves otherwise. If his point production is anything like his college career, he will produce points for the GM that starts him. 


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